↑ Taia Whitmore, Monroe: Female kicker made two PATs in Monroe’s game with West Stanly.
↓ Halloween Thunderstorms: Wreaked havoc with trick-or-treaters and with prep football games
↑ Mount Pleasant Tigers: Whipped Parkwood Friday 46-13 to clinch their first conference championship since 2007; their second since 1982. Mount Pleasant can win the title outright with a win over West Stanly next week.
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↑ Charlotte Christian: Polishes off third straight CISAA conference championship with a 30-6 win over Providence Day.
• There is no question that next week will be the biggest of the season. Butler and Independence playing for the Southwestern 4A championship. The SoMeck 8 trying to decide a winner with four teams involved, and Mooresville-Lake Norman playing for a championship in Iredell County.
• South Meck’s upset of Providence shook up the SoMeck 8. South Meck (8-2, 5-1) kept alive its conference championship hopes. The Sabres play at Ardrey Kell next week. Ardrey Kell (7-2, 4-2) lost 38-34 to Charlotte Catholic and is out of the championship race. It will now try to play spoiler. But if South beats Ardrey Kell it can still get a share of the league title. To do it, South will also need Providence – the same team it beat Friday – to beat Charlotte Catholic.
Right now, Catholic (9-1, 6-0) has a one-game lead on the Panthers (8-2, 5-1). Providence will play for a share of the league title at home.
• Butler and Independence will resume the state’s No. 1 rivalry with the same kinds of stakes the rivalry always seems to be about – conference championships or even state championship berths. The teams will play at Butler and tickets will be pre-sale only. They will be sold on both schools’ campus from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday or until tickets set out. No tickets will be sold game day.
Friday’s Top Performers
Josh Allen, Victory Christian: In a game against Davidson Day that was stopped at halftime, Allen had more than 100 yards rushing, a kickoff return for a touchdown and a receiving touchdown.
JD Dellinger, Country Day: Dellinger smacked a 57-yard field goal in th first quarter of a 27-12 loss to rival Charlotte Latin. He tied a 3-year-old Mecklenburg County record set by Charlotte Latin’s Paul Griggs. Dellinger also made a 34-yarder Friday.
Preston Harrison, West Iredell: Ran 14 times for 165 yards and a score in a 42-30 loss to Alexander Central. He had a punt return for 11 yards, four kick returns for 34 yards and eight catches for 87 yards and a score.
Daniel Jones, Charlotte Latin: Subpar passing night in a win over rival Country Day Friday (3-for-10 for 59 yards, 2 TDs), but he ran 23 times for 159 yards and two scores.
Josh Ladowski, Lake Norman: In a 28-7 win over North Iredell, Ladowski completed 4-of-11 passes for 110 yards and two scores. He ran 22 times for 170 yards and two scores.
Quantavious McGill, Independence: 267 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 15 carries in a 47-19 win over Rocky River. QB Kelvin Hopkins was 8-for-15 for 132 yards and two scores. He rushed 10 times for 92 yards and another score.
Cody Reece, Mount Pleasant: Ran for 276 yards and four touchdowns on 34 carries in a 46-13 win over Parkwood. Reece set a new school single-season rushing record Friday. He now has 1,971 yards for the year. Jose Sanchez set the old mark of 1,770 yards in 2007.
Desmen Robinson, Monroe: Returned two touchdowns for a score and returned a punt for a touchdown in a win over West Stanly.
James Smith, Mallard Creek: 12-of-16 passing for 371 yards and four touchdowns in 56-0 win over Robinson. The game was stopped after three quarters due to bad weather. Kyle Horton had two receptions for 62 yards and two scores. He had a 68-yard punt return for a score.
Davidson Day 22, Victory Christian 21: Glen Coates ran two short touchdown passes and Chase Monroe had a fumble return for a score for Davidson. Josh Allen had a kickoff return for Victory Christian. The game was postponed at halftime and the teams waited for more than an hour before the game was called. It will not count against either team’s record. Davidson Day has endured this several times. It led Harrell Christian 20-0 when the game was stopped due to lightning. Two weeks ago, First Assembly forfeited to Davidson Day.
Davidson Day (8-1) begins state playoffs next week hunting a fourth straight state championship.
“It’s frustrating,” Patriots coach Chad Grier. “We need to play. We want to play. But what do you do?”
Carolina Pride 41, Buford 35: Carolina Pride traild 28-21 at halftime but outscored Buford 13-0 in the third quarter to really. Raymel Addison had three second half touchdowns for the Pride. He finished with 179 yards and the three TDs.